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KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES
Recently, I was at a meeting of local healthcare professionals and we were discussing the ever-growing use of technology in both personal and professional life. After ten minutes of intense tech-talk, a (brave) hospital executive admitted he did not know what a hashtag was and asked me to explain. Then, someone else asked for an explanation on cloud computing, QR Codes, and Google Glass.
While our recent posts have discussed technology as it relates to career options and healthcare resources, it has become obvious that providing a short dictionary of current tech terms may help you keep up with the times.
10 TECH TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW
API – Application Programming Interface. An API is a library that includes specifications for routines, protocols, data structures, object classes, etc. in the building of software applications. It specifies how some software components interact with other software programs.
APP – An abbreviation for “Application.” Apps are typically small, specialized software programs that are downloaded onto mobile devices such as phones and tablets. However, they can also be used on a computer. There are apps for everything from games and sports, to business, health, news, and reference information.
Cloud Computing – A general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet such as shopping, services, and information storage. Consumers are increasingly using cloud services to store photos and info, backup their computer data, and other data they want access to anytime, anywhere.
CMS – Content Management System. CMSs are generally used to run websites. It is a computer program or suite of applications and tools that allows publishing, editing, and modifying electronic content from a central interface. Common CMSs include WordPress, Joomla!, Apache Roller, and OpenCms.
DNS – Domain Name System. Think of the DNS as a phone book for the Internet where web address names we use, such as www.TriageLogic.com, are translated into a numerical IP address (184.108.40.206) in order for web technology to easily locate the site on the Internet or network.
Google Glass – (aka Project Glass). This wearable computer displays information by providing a heads-up display (HUD) located just above the right eye. Put them on and a glance upwards can provide you with information just like your smart phone, but hands-free. Take a photo, record video, get directions, and even search the Internet.
Hashtag – #. A hashtag is a short phrase or word used to group messages in social networking sites such as Twitter, Tout, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, Google+, and Facebook. By putting a “#” before the word or phrase, other people can search for the hashtag on the networking site and read the messages that have been posted about that topic, or start one themselves for others to follow/repeat.
QR Code – Quick Response Code. A special type of barcode that can be read by a smartphone via a QR Code Reader app. When scanned, a QR code can provide information set by the developer. Common uses include coupons, product information, and links to websites. They are now showing up on patient charts to hide sensitive info, and are even used as temporary tattoos in place of medical ID bracelets.
RSS – Rich Site Summary. RSS “feeds” are used to publish blogs, news, audio, and video in a standardized format. Using an RSS reader on your computer or mobile device, you can subscribe to feeds from various sources based on your interests. Using an RSS reader allows you to save time and increase productivity as it displays content from various sources without you having to go to each website individually.
SEO – Search Engine Optimization. Companies and organizations of all types should be interested in search engine optimization as it is the process of improving the visibility of their website when someone does a search for it on the Internet. For instance, if someone does an Internet search for “Best peanut butter” they are most likely to look at the websites that show up on the first page of results. So, peanut butter companies should be using SEO techniques to get their website to show up at or near the top of the list.
What tech terms have your come across that you don’t understand? Share your thoughts and we will provide you with answers!